Hypobaric Storage Pilot Study
Technology for storing perishable products in a hypobaric environment has now progressed to a point where the residual atmosphere and humidity in the container can be managed effectively and this provides many opportunities for storage and transport of perishable food commodities including meat.
In some of our export markets, particularly for lamb and sheep meat, fresh or chilled product needs to pass through wet markets in carcase form. The use of reefers constructed using hypobaric technology could enable processed lamb and sheep carcases to be processed in Australia for export as chilled carcases. On arrival at the overseas port the reefers could be transported to wet markets where the chilled carcases would be released. This would be of benefit to the meat processing sector in Australia and be complementary to the existing live export market.